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“Small but interesting.”

The Japanese Garden
Ranked #15 of 61 things to do in Newquay
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Owner description: EAST MEETS WEST The Japanese Garden in Cornwall combines the beauty of nature with an artistic refinement using shaping & styling of plants & natural elements. It is a place of tranquillity with a variety of plants and water features, where visitors can enjoy the wonder of nature in a peaceful, relaxing space. The garden was built as a meditative garden, where one can calm the mind & let go of unwanted stress through contemplation & reflection. We are open from 10am – 6pm, 7 days a week. Last entrance to the Japanese Garden 5pm. NEW SEASONAL OPENING TIMES We are open from the 1st March to the 31st October Admission Prices Adults: £4.50 Children: £2.00 Babies/in buggies free Shop & plant areas are admission free. This year we will be offering Season Tickets for £9 – which will enable one person to visit the Japanese Garden as often as they like during our opening dates & times. Useful Information Garden size: 1 acre approx Wheelchair friendly: Yes, 90% + (gravel paths) Refreshments: Yes, small selection of hot & cold drinks & outdoor seating area Toilets: None on site. Public toilet facilities approximately 20 meters from car park entrance Dogs: We love dogs & have one of our own (Rupert), but cannot allow dogs, except guide dogs, in the Japanese Garden. There is ample shade in our car park & we can provide water for a four legged friend if requested The Japanese Garden is just over an acre in size & is located in the picturesque village of St. Mawgan. There is a variety of trees & plants growing in the garden; some planted 20-30 years ago when the garden was first created & others that have been growing for easily a hundred years. Plants that are classically recognised as Japanese (Japanese Acers for example) are located in abundance throughout the garden & these are blended with some beautiful, local Cornish plants (such as a huge english oak tree among others). Depending on when you visit you might see the spectacular Asaleas flowering in the spring, or the Japanese Acers turning from green to vivid red in the autumn. We now offer a small selection of refreshments (some hot & cold drinks) & a seating area near to our shop. We are hoping to develop a cafe in the future, so we are always keen to hear suggestions about what you might like. If you would like to bring your own food, you are more than welcome, we just ask that you do not leave any litter in the garden. We do not have toilets on site but the village public toilets are accessible & are just around the corner from our car park entrance (less than a 2 minute walk).
Cornwall, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
“Small but interesting.”
Reviewed November 17, 2012

This is a small, pretty, Japanese garden. Nice to visit when the weather is warm & dry. They have lots of Bonsais to see & to buy. It is set in the little village of St. Mawgan, a few miles from Newquay.

Visited August 2012
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Whitehills, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Pick the right season to visit.”
Reviewed October 7, 2012

Visited in begining of Oct and should have visited in he spring really as would have been more colourful. On saying this was a good couple of hours out and was interesting and the Koi fish pond was great.

Visited October 2012
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Transport yourself to Japan”
Reviewed September 28, 2012

Having lived with a Japanese family i was most intrigued to discover and find this little hidden gem. I have never seen so many Bonsais Plants in one place. The gardens are very well set out in Japanese style, little Buddas and Temples hidden away, little bridges and lots koi carp. Peaceful and enchanting. Theres a temple area to sit and just be and wind chimes sound in the background. The nursery sell an array of Japanese themed plants, stone ware and chimes. A tad expensive but unique. I did feel though that the entrance could do with a makeover when time and funds allow. The village also has a very old church a gift centre and a post office selling very nice goodies. Well worth a visit as well. £4.50 Entrance fee, toilets in village.

Visited September 2012
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Chatteris, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“what a great find”
Reviewed September 11, 2012

tucked away in the middle of nowhere this little gem is well worth hunting out. we were there late in the afternoon, so only a couple of other people around so cant comment on what it would be like when it is busy. We wandered around frequently stopping to feel the tranquility of the place.

Visited July 2012
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“Rather disappointed”
Reviewed September 5, 2012

I was a little surprised to read all the rave reviews about the Japanese Garden as my husband and l went last week and thought it was disappointing and rather expensive for what you got. Ok it had rained that morning so everything was wet and muddy but the sun was out when we went and it was all just rather miserable and uncared for. I imagine when this place first opened it probably looked really nice but it looks like it's been deserted and no one is caring for it now.

There are indeed a lot of species of acers and some bamboo and nicely shaped plants but it is very small - we tried to drag it out having spent £9 but got round it in less than 10 minutes. The koi pond is nice and there are a lot of fish in there but it's very murky and doesn't look like it's been looked after much. The most disappointing thing was the nursery though, l really wanted a nice red acer to take home but there was one hot house where everything was literally dead, plants were over on their sides and what was standing was dead or bare. Really neglected! I didn't want to leave empty handed so bought a tiny (10cm) acer which was the most lively one l could find and paid £10 when really it was only really worth a fiver.

The bonsai's were also fairly disappointing, all the good ones - nice varieties in good condition were the really expensive ones costing hundreds - the smaller cheaper ones all seemed to be half price as clearly they weren't in good shape.

I do feel a bit mean being so negative as clearly this place is a one man band and l don't want the business to suffer but they really need to pull their socks up and start taking care of the place as it's not worth the entry fee as it is.

One good thing l can say is that the lady behind the counter was really helpful and talked to me for ages on how to care for it for the acer - longer than l probably spend walking around the place!

Visited August 2012
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